April 2018 Newsletter

A Welcome from the Chair of Hope for the Future



Welcome to the monthly newsletter of our charity Hope for the Future.  As the newly appointed Chair, my first task – and it is a pleasant one – is to pay two tributes.

 The first of these is to my predecessor Michael Bayley, who has led Hope for the Future from its inception as a idea formed among a small group of volunteers, determined to do all they could to raise awareness of the need to combat climate change, to the fully-fledged charity that it has become.  We owe Michael a great deal, and it is with some trepidation that I now try to live up to his example of dedication and leadership.

Secondly, I am pleased to congratulate our team on the imminent fifth anniversary of the formation of Hope for the Future.  This we shall soon be celebrating, in the company of as many of our numerous friends, partners and associates as we can comfortably accommodate! 

Hope for the Future was founded by a group of talented, energetic and confident young people who arrived at the idea that the best way to promote the cause of action on climate change among our elected representatives was to empower those whom they represent.  This they have done so successfully that our charity is now a recognised leader in training people how to approach their Member of Parliament and local councillors and in facilitating the meetings at which they can do so. 

We are a strong and developing charity with the firm conviction that, if we are to achieve our hope for the future, we must grow – but we must plan our growth.  In order to do that, we require the support and encouragement of all those who share our goals.  It is in this spirit that we reach out to all of you who read this newsletter and who will, we trust, continue to take a keen interest in what we do.

Professor Glyn Turton

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Hope for the Future has been funded by Scurrah Wainwright to offer free workshops to schools in Yorkshire. While the workshop will be particularly relevant for Geography and Politics students, other subjects will certainly benefit from it too. 

If your school would like to take part in a Hope for the Future workshop, please get in touch at info@hftf.org.uk or find out how to contact us here.

Blog Post

Schools Workshop with Guto Bebb MP

"I learnt from the students just as they learnt from me."

On 20th April, Hope for the Future, in association with Scurrah Wainwright, hosted a schools workshop at Aberconwy School with Guto Bebb MP. Here, our researcher Laura, reflects on her first meeting with Mr Bebb, the outcomes of the workshop and the encourages all of us to get in touch with our MP. 


Campaigner Resources

Our research team are working hard to bring up to date and relevant briefings so that you can always feel prepared when meeting with your MP. You can see our latest campaigner resource here on Green Growth, where you can find information on tailoring 'asks' of your MP towards the economic benefits of retrofitting, electric vehicles and renewable energy.
Next month look out for resources on Community Energy and Health and Climate Change, with many more to come. If there is any issue in particular that you would like a briefing on, please don't hesitate to get in touch!'

If you're interested in this issue or you'd like a briefing on another issue to raise with your MP then please contact us at info@hftf.org.uk

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With Thanks to Michael 

A Note from Jo, Our Director 

This month, we would like to thank our co-founder, Michael Bayley, who steps down as Chair of Trustees this May. Michael co-founded Hope for the Future nearly 5 years ago when a cluster of Yorkshire churches came together to decide what on earth they could do about climate change. Since then Hope for the Future has become a leading UK specialist in communicating the urgency of climate change with politicians. Every year we support over one thousand people of all faiths and none to build strong working relationships with their MP, leading to tangible political action on climate change.

Having overseen Hope for the Future’s transition from an informal group of passionate individuals to a formal charity with secure financial backing, Michael will be stepping down from his role as chair. Michael and his wife Fleur hosted Hope for the Future in their home for over a year, and we are indebted to Michael’s vision, determination and expertise which has birthed an organisation making a vital contribution to the climate movement.

I would also like to welcome Glyn Turton as our new Chair to the Board of Trustees. Glyn joins us after over fourty years experience in higher education. Retiring in 2005 as Senior Pro-Vice Chancellor of the University of Chester, Glyn worked as freelance consultant for colleges and universities in the UK and China and, following voluntary involvement with a range of climate change organisations, brings this expertise to us at a rapid time of change at Hope for the Future.

This is a very exciting stage in Hope for the Future's journey and one that I hope many of you will continue to join us on.

For anyone wishing to begin their journey of taking political action on climate change with their MP, or looking to decide on your next steps, please take five minutes to fill out this survey to receive a free Hope for the Future tailored strategy for working with your MP.

With best wishes,

Jo and the Hope for the Future Team
Hope for the Future Director